5.22.2015

Chill Out // Share Funshine Party

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May is always a crazy month for families. School is coming to a close, tests are in progress, end of year performances and games are happening every night, and everyone is ready to just let loose. Since I know what a stressful time of year it is, I wanted to throw a little party for my family and a few of our neighbors. I wanted to get everyone excited for summer and help ease their anticipation for one evening, but I also reeeallly didn't want to throw your typical "beach" themed party... So, since we are in the middle of May when tension is high, and since it already feels like July, I decided it was time for everyone to "Chill Out".

This party was so much fun to plan! All of the food was literally "chilled" so that my guests could really get into the Summer mood. For the food, I went with a candy bar as well as some frozen treats. Including- M&M's® in all my favorite flavors, SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, Dr Pepper®, Skittles®, and M&M's® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. I even had a section just for the dogs at the party. This included some "chilled" (yes, I chilled the dog treats, too...) Pedigree Dentastix® Dog Treats. It was so fun watching our dog, Copper, sneak back for seconds... and thirds... I had to cut him off.

I was able to make my grocery shopping for the party a one stop shop at Walmart. Did you know that you can enter to win a $100 Walmart gift card, daily, with the "Share a Little Funshine Sweepstakes"?! Simply share your "Funshine" pictures with the hashtag #sharefunshinesweeps on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Check out the widget, below, for more information. Also, be sure to download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content.

I had even prepared a fun game for all of the kids that were in attendance (since there were so many of them). It was really easy and a perfect game for those hot summer days!

To prepare for the game:
Soak a bunch of old, grungy tshirts. Wring them out a little, but not too much. Then fold and place in a grocery bag. I was able to stick two in one bag by folding the bag in half to keep the shirts from touching each other. Then place them all in the freezer for a day or two. 

To play the game:
Hand each participant a frozen tshirt. Whomever gets their tshirt all the way on the quickest, wins! They can use their body heat, throw them around, anything they can think of except use a microwave, fire, etc.

It was hilarious to watch the kids scramble to unthaw their tshirts. Plus, it keeps them busy for quite a while! (hint hint to all of those moms with bored kids this Summer!) The winner of our game was given an entire bag of Skittles®.

For my featured treat of the night, I wanted to do something that took me back to my childhood. I grew up eating those old ice cream push pops and haven't had one in years! Since "candy bar" was what was on the menu, I decided to make an M&M's® Ice cream PushPop. They were a big hit, really easy to make, and I'm loving having a few leftovers!

Items Needed:
PushPop Containers- I ordered mine online and received a bag of 25 for a small price
Ice Cream- Since I used M&M's® I stuck with vanilla flavored ice cream
M&M's® 

Directions:
This (surprisingly) works best when the ice cream is more solid than liquid. If it's pliable but not melting, then it's perfect! Using a spoon, press a layer of ice cream into the push pop container. Alternate layers of ice cream and M&M's® until you reach the top, then top it off with some M&M's® for affect. Cap them off, then stick in the freezer until you're ready to serve them. Be sure to pack the ice cream and M&M's® in as tightly as you can.

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We all had so much fun at the party. It was the perfect way to wind down and give everyone the motivation to finish off the month, strong! How do you deal with your Summer Vacation Anticipation?

5.20.2015

NYC // PT. 3


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With 8 kids in tow, dining out is a stressful and tumultuous task. So my brother in-law and his brother decided to just grab some donuts from the next door bakery, and we could eat them in our hotel rooms. I didn't mind at all; I don't think there's anything quite like eating a sprinkled donut while looking out over NYC... I would pay a lot of money to do that, again. (and yes, I am starting this post off with two donut pictures... I couldn't resist!)

After we were all fed, we walked around the corner to Wall Street. We admired the Wall Street Bull (and miraculously got pictures of/ with it. It was a hot tourist spot at 9am), did some souvenir shopping, and explored a little. Then we headed over to the 911 Memorial and Freedom Tower. It was a very humbling and beautiful site. The crowd was more subdued and quiet, but there was a strong sense of Spirit there.

We then returned to our vehicles, battled NYC driving one last time, and made our way to Boston.

Not only is this architecture beautiful, but I also love the little (fake) owl!

If you could recommend or see one thing in NYC, what would it be?

to be continued...

5.18.2015

Beach Waves For Short Hair // John Frieda® Beach Blonde™

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Summer is coming and I couldn't be happier about it! This winter was pretty brutal. Most of my days were spent stuck inside the house while the world around me closed down. At one point, it felt as though Summer and the sun would never return. But here we are; the heat is rising and Summer is just around the corner!

One of my favorite parts about Summer is that I don't really need to do my hair. I can easily get away with that windblown waves look, and it's totally acceptable. When you think of "beach-waves" it is generally associated with long, blonde hair. But guys, let's not let them have all the fun! It's possible for any hair color or hair type to get and rock that look, especially using the new John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ CollectionI'm going to share my easy-peasy beach-wave tutorial for short hair, but this is how I get the look when I have long hair, too! 

First, wash your hair with the new John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection Smooth Seas Shampoo and the Cool Dip Conditioner. Both of these smell wonderfully beachy and have a cooling affect that I loved.

Then towel dry your hair with a soft, cotton towel by scrunching. Don't use a terry-cloth towel and don't rub your hair as that will cause it to be frizzy and break.

Comb out your hair from bottom to top with a wide-tooth comb, then whip your hair around a little to make it piecey.

Part your hair with your fingers on the opposite side you usually part it and then scrunch from the ends to the roots.

Now, you wait. Do not use a blow dryer as it will ruin the natural wave you are trying to create. Allow your hair to air dry. When it's just a little damp, spray in the new John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection Sea Waves Salt Spray. You can really do this step at any time during the process. I like to wait until it's almost dry so I get more of a textured look rather than a deliberately wavy look.

*TIP* I like to lay down on my hair (scrunch it together- under your head first and lay on your back) if I have extra time. It really adds to the waves and I get to have an excuse to relax.

Allow your hair to dry all the way, then switch your part back to it's normal spot with your fingers. This will give your part volume without the blowdryer.

Use your flat iron to fix any pieces that need fixing. I use it as little as possible and only add curl to pieces that are flat or smooth piece that got a little crazy. This is supposed to be a natural look, so don't get too flat-iron-happy.

I decided to add a little more of the Salt Spray at this point.

Then, you're done! It looks like you've just come from the beach with your perfectly-not-so-perfect waves.


I love this new John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Collection. It is light, cooling, and infused with sea salt and coconut scents. Let me know if you give it a try! I'd love to see your results.

Now it's time to hit the beach! Or, at least pretend to with our windblown waves... 

P.S. You can pick up some similar sunglasses at Target or Target online!
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